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US Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) Returns in 2018


Despite multi-year efforts to fully repeal the Medical Device Excise Tax (MDET) on device sales in the US, the tax appears set to come back into force in early 2018.

After a 2 year reprieve the tax has been reintroduced with change in legislation at the end of Dec 2017. The 2.3% excise tax was originally enacted in 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act as a way to help pay for expanded healthcare coverage, but the tax was suspended by Congress in 2016. Medical device trade associations estimate the tax could put a $20 billion damper on the industry over the next decade. The tax is thought to be enforced from early 2018. Repeal efforts have so far not succeeded.

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